Digital Harbor Foundation Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Digital Harbor Foundation Launches Crowd Funding Campaign to Fuel Scholarship Program

Funding to help youth attend MakerCamp 2014

digitalharbor-150x150Baltimore, Md. (November 4, 2013)—The Digital Harbor Foundation, a Baltimore-based non-profit dedicated to fostering innovation, tech advancement, and entrepreneurship by helping youth develop digital age skills through maker activities and tech workforce development, is pleased to announce the launch of a crowd-funding campaign to offer scholarships for youth attending the 2014 Baltimore MakerCamp. With nearly $2,000 donated in the first 24 hours, the Foundation is off to a great start to reach their $20,250 goal.

When the dilapidated South Baltimore Rec Center was shut down in October of 2012, the Digital Harbor Foundation rallied to save the space by re-imaging it as a Tech Center focused on informal STEM learning. Since the grand re-opening in January of this year, the center has been transformed into an economic engine helping youth develop digital age skills through maker activities and tech workforce development. In its first year or operation, approximately 300 youth have been served and more than 1,000 people have visited to see and experience the potential of a re-imagined Rec Center. For example, this past summer the Digital Harbor Foundation launched the first MakerCamp. During four sessions covering topics such as circuits, digital fabrication (3D printing), mobile game development, and aerial flight with quadcopters, the more than 90 youth enrolled logged 5,600+ hours of technology learning. The DHF MakerCamp was made possible through a grant and support by the Maker Education Initiative, a new program launched recently by Make Magazine, Google for Entrepreneurs, Cognizant, Intel, and Pixar Animation Studio.

“Children have a natural desire to discover the inner workings of the technology in their lives, from light switches to smartphone games,” said Digital Harbor Foundation Executive Director Andrew Coy. “By demonstrating that the creation of these technologies is within their grasp, our MakerCamp helps to nurture the next generation of tech visionaries all while having lot of fun!”

To contribute to the MakerCamp, visit https://rally.org/digitalharbor.

For more information about the Digital Harbor Foundation and MakerCamps, as well as scholarships can be found by visiting www.digitalharbor.org.

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